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Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Rentz will discuss the importance of early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and why research participation is important. She will also uncover the differences between normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease and discuss whether Alzheimer’s can be prevented.

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Capturing the Earliest Changes in Cognition that Distinguish Preclinical Alzheimer’s disease from Normal Aging

Dr. Papp will discuss how cognition is typically assessed and how cognitive assessment is improving through new technology and new tests. She will also discuss the particular types of language and memory decline that are observed in Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of the sensitive measurement of cognition for early diagnosis and intervention.

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Subjective Cognitive Decline in Preclinical Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. Amariglio will discuss how subjective cognitive complaints may help better inform who may be at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. She will explore the types of complaints that may be most specific to Alzheimer’s disease compared to normal aging, and how tracking people’s complaints over time may also help us to understand the disease course.

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Spotlight on: Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Late Life and in Early Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Gatchel will review common psychiatric symptoms in late life and in early Alzheimer’s disease. She will also discuss clinical research aimed at understanding the neurobiology of these symptoms, and current approaches to their treatment.

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Spotlight on: Pathways to Prevention – Maximizing Brain-Healthy Behavior to Decrease the Risk of Cognitive Decline

Converging evidence suggests that up to 35% of Alzheimer disease and related dementia cases may be due to modifiable risk factors. Dr. Gale will discuss research on how brain-healthy behaviors may reduce risk and improve cognition, overall health, and quality of life.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Research Update:
Brain Health in the Digital Era

Despite the depth and breadth of Alzheimer’s disease research, effective methods for treatment remain elusive.  The emphasis on medical intervention has led to a more recent focus on identifying biomarkers decades before the threshold for clinical diagnosis is met and on developing earlier detection methods.  Digital technologies such as wearable sensors and smart home devices may offer a solution for monitoring and detecting modifiable Alzheimer’s disease-related risk factors and behavioral symptoms well before changes meet the threshold for clinical diagnosis.  These technologies could potentially lead to a more comprehensive focus on “personalized brain health” and reduce the likelihood of disease.

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The Brain: Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

In recent years, researchers have embraced novel diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease. These criteria are related to symptoms and biomarkers of the disease, and may soon be recommended for diagnosing in the clinic. In this talk, Dr. Jonathan Jackson, a researcher from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, focused on the current research findings in early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Information on upcoming clinical trials that aim to prevent Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms are exhibited were also discussed.

Meeting of the Minds – Previous Events

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Factores genéticos asociados a la enfermedad de Alzheimer

En esta presentación hablaremos sobre los genes asociados a la enfermedad de Alzheimer y otros tipos de demencia. Asimismo, discutiremos sobre los signos y síntomas más comunes de la enfermedad de Alzheimer.

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Curing Alzheimer’s for Everyone: Myths and Facts about Clinical Trials

Join us for a discussion on how clinical trials work, disparities in clinical trials, the importance of participation, and available resources. After Dr. Jackson’s presentation, get your questions answered by a panel consisting of research study coordinators and research participants.

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Hablemos Sobre Problemas de Memoria en el Adulto Mayor

En esta charla hablaremos sobre como reconocer los problemas de memoria en el adulto mayor y como diferenciar los cambios normales del envejecimiento de los de la demencia. Discutiremos sobre que puede hacer usted o su doctor si esta preocupado sobre su memoria.

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Brain Food: Diet, Diabetes and Dementia

Join in a discussion on the connection between dementia and diabetes. This program will focus on strategies to support cognitive health, promote healthy eating, and discuss how these important behaviors can help better manage diabetes and cognitive decline.

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The Aging Brain

Dr. O’Connor will talk about changes in memory as we age. Then join in a discussion on things you can do to keep your memory strong, including exercising, staying socially engaged, eating healthy, and more!

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Mood, Memory and Aging

Join us for a discussion about mental health symptoms that may be experienced in late life as well as the relationship between depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer’s disease risk.

Tips on maintaining your mental wellness will also be discussed, in addition to potential challenges.

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Estado de ánimo, memoria y envejecimiento

Acompáñenos a una charla sobre algunos de los estados de ánimo que pueden presentarse en la vejez, así como la relación entre la depresión, la ansiedad y el riesgo de desarrollar la enfermedad de Alzheimer. También se darán consejos para mantener la salud mental y se discutirán algunos de los desafíos más comunes.

Finding Alzheimer’s: How Brain Imaging Plays a Role in Detection

Have you ever wondered how Alzheimer’s disease is detected? Join in a discussion on how brain imaging is used to detect Alzheimer’s disease and how the brain changes in normal aging versus Alzheimer’s disease.


Brain Food: Diet, Diabetes, and Dementia – November Session 

Join in a discussion on the connection between dementia and diabetes. This program will focus on strategies to support cognitive health, promote healthy eating and physical activity, and discuss how these important behaviors can help better manage diabetes and cognitive decline. 

Nancy Emerson Lombardo, PhD

President, Brain Health and Wellness Center
Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine

Brain Food: Diet, Diabetes, and Dementia – December Session

Join in a discussion on the connection between dementia and diabetes. This program will focus on strategies to support cognitive health, promote healthy eating and physical activity, and discuss how these important behaviors can help better manage diabetes and cognitive decline. 

Featuring Milagros Abreu, MD, MPH

President/CEO and Founder, The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc.

La dieta, la diabetes, y el Alzheimer’s

Acompáñenos a una conversación sobre la conección entre el Alzheimer’s y la diabetes. Esta charla se enfocara en estrategias para apoyar la salud mental congnitiva, promover la alimentación saludable, y discutir que tan importante los comportamientos saludables pueden ayudarle a como manejar mejor su diabetes y su salud mental (cognitiva).

Presentandor La Dra. Milagros Abreu, MD, MPH

President/CEO y Fundadora de la organización The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc.

Dieta, diabetes, e dementia

Vêm juntar-se uma conversa sobre a conexão entre a doença de Alzheimer e diabetes. Esta palestra irá focar estratégias para suportar a saúde mental cognitiva, promover alimentação saudável e discutir que importantes comportamentos saudáveis podem ajudá-lo melhor o seu diabetes e sua saúde mental (cognitivo).

Presentandor Dr. Milagros Abreu, MD, MPH

Presidente/CEO e fundador da organização, The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc.


Acompáñenos para una plática sobre la salud del cerebro y estrategias para reducir el riesgo de deterioro cognitivo. 

Presentado por el Joel Salinas, MD, MBA, MSc​

Profesor asistente de Neurología en la Escuela de Medicina de Harvard y en el Massachusetts General Hospital y autor de la autobiografía médica titulada “Mirror Touch”

How do I Age Gracefully?

Dr. Andrew Budson of Boston University and Dr. Jonathan Jackson of Massachusetts General Hospital led a discussion at the BCYF Grove Hall Senior Center on how our memory changes as we age. How to manage your memory and fun memory strategies to use were also discussed. They also focused on the difference between normal aging and the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. 

What Does Dementia Mean for Me and My Community?

What does dementia friendly mean to you?  Maura Moxley, Director of Community Engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter led a panel discussion on available resources for those living with dementia and their caregivers, how the City of Boston is working to become dementia friendly, and what you can do to help your community.  Panelists included: Patricia “Chi” McCormack, Boston Alzheimer’s Initiative; Beth Soltzberg, Director of Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program at Jewish Family & Children’s Service; Deputy Superintendent Felicia Robinson, Boston EMS; and Lisa Clarke, Director of Boston Senior Home Care.  

Put a Spring in Your Step

 Join in a discussion on brain health and potential strategies for reducing your risk of cognitive decline. The program will be offered in both English and Spanish. Since research indicates that regular exercise may reduce your risk of cognitive decline, we will include a brief Tai Chi instruction as part of the program!

Spring Research Forum – Previous Events

On the Cutting Edge of Alzheimer’s Research: The Search for Answers


Missed the event or would like to watch again?  Watch the recording here!

Brad Dickerson, MD

Program Chair and Moderator: Brad Dickerson, MD Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Frontotemporal Dementia Unit and Laboratory of Neuroimaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

Andrew Budson, MD

Andrew Budson, MD

Professor of Neurology, Boston University; Lecturer in Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System

Dennis Selkoe, MD

Dennis Selkoe, MD

The Vincent and Stella Coates Professor of Neurologic Diseases, Harvard Medical School; Co-Director, Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Rudy Tanzi, PhD

Rudy Tanzi, PhD

Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital; Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Exercise for a Healthy Brain

Join in a discussion on how important exercise is for you and how it improves brain function, thinking, memory, and mood and how it can reduce falls and dementia. Join in an interactive workshop where you will learn how to do exercise safely and correctly.

Featuring Karin Schon, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of
Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston
University School of Medicine

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Trials Today, Treatments Tomorrow:
A Quest for a Cure

Join us for an evening of cutting edge dementia research. The evening’s program will feature conversations with local researchers about progress made in several topic areas, including brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, therapies in the pipeline, and ways to keep your brain healthy.

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A Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Aging

Join us for a lecture on how lifestyle factors can influence brain health. Dr. Grodstein will discuss how a healthy lifestyle may help to promote health and well-being in aging. This includes cognitive health, as well as mental health and physical function. She will also discuss extensive research conducted in the Nurses’ Health Study, a large cohort of 120,000 women, who have been followed for four decades to understand how diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle and behavioral factors can influence health in aging.

Did you miss Spring Research Forums from previous years? Do you want to watch them again? Click on the links below to see recordings for those years!